The Boutique hotel experience is one that has been sought after by travelers throughout Europe and major metropolitan cities in the U.S. for some time now. These typically smaller hotels offer upscale accommodations in unique settings that guests tend to flock to. With this consumer trend being evident, there has been a shift that has hoteliers moving toward more affordable or budget boutique hotels in recent years. Suddenly the tourism industry has begun to see these stylish and fun lodging options being created all around the world. Well Eureka, CA has jumped on the bus too as it is now home to the original Humboldt County Boutique Hotel experience.
First, you might ask what is it that makes a Boutique Hotel so special. What is it that sets them apart from your standard Holiday Inn? Well look no further for your answer to these questions, because the newest Humboldt County Boutique Hotel is a prime example.
California Cowboy and 117 West are separate boutique hotel suites set in a historic Victorian-era Buhne Building in the heart of Old Town Eureka, just two blocks from the waterfront and boardwalk. The Buhne Building itself is a mixed-use artisan community, with shops and galleries on the first floor and artist studios, hotel rooms and loft spaces on the upper floors.
The details of the Buhne Building are super unique in of themselves. Built in the late 1800s and named after the late Mate Henry Hans Buhne who discovered the Humboldt Bay’s entrance, the Buhne Building is a true architectural gem.
The style is Renaissance Revival and you will find exposed brick and cast iron throughout the building. The beautiful wood floors, arches, tall arched windows, mouldings, and large heavy doors are all original to the building and create a magnificently unique ambiance. And the walk to the rooms starts up a stunning beautiful Victorian staircase.
117 West and California Cowboy suites are light-filled, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Old Town and Humboldt Bay. The original hardwood floors and exposed brick celebrate the history of the rooms. The suites feature plush king-sized beds, microwaves, mini-fridges, tea kettles, and french presses providing all of the comforts of a modern hotel room. Yet, the antique furnishings and spectacular views offer that sought after Old World charm.
And part of that Old World charm includes shared bathrooms. Yes, the bathrooms are located outside of the rooms which is common for the Victorian era buildings and often times a popular option amongst travelers on somewhat of a budget. However, don’t let the shared bathroom dissuade you. The Buhne Building shared bathroom features a beautifully-tiled shower, antique sink and a modern dual-flush toilet. It is shared only with guests in the two other guest rooms in the building and kept immaculately. Towels and robes are provided for you in the room in a welcome basket, again providing all the comforts of a modern hotel room.
In addition to the Buhne Building being unique an interesting, Old Town Eureka definitely has the same feel. This Historic district on the Redwood Coast contains tons of buildings from the Victorian era, cobblestone streets, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and a waterfront boardwalk. Old Town Eureka is known as a fine arts mecca and for its monthly “Arts Alive” events (when local galleries stay open late and the streets are filled with music, food, and street performances). You’ll find galleries, museums, artist studios, live music, and theaters within a few blocks of the Buhne Building Boutique Hotel. All the more reason to visit.
And it simply can not go without mention that the first floor of the Buhne Building itself is home to the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center, which also double as Taste, an all-local tasting room that features beers, wines, ciders, and kombucha, as well as cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts that are all hand- crafted locally. Oh wait, their is also an oyster bar that serves up raw and broiled oysters harvested from the Humboldt Bay and topped with a variety of gourmet sauces.
In addition to delicious local cuisine and craft spirits, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center features a curated collection of local tours and activities designed to help you choose your own adventure on the Redwood Coast. Whether it’s a romantic kayak paddle at sunset, a tour of one of local craft businesses, or an intense surfing session, their staff will have the perfect tour recommendation for you.
California Cowboy and 117 West are offered by Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. The rooms rent for as low as $75 per night, which provides an affordable way to attain the Humboldt County Boutique Hotel experience on the gorgeous Redwood Coast. Book your stay online or contact a reservationist directly at (707) 834-6555 for more information on these super unique accommodations right in the heart of Humboldt County.